Widlund Gallery features student art

NORTH CREEK - Students from Johnsburg Central School will be associated with the likes of accomplished artists during the month of March as their artwork hangs in the Widlund Gallery at Tannery Pond Community Center for the eighth annual student art show.

All 139 elementary art students will be showcasing at least one piece and nine high school students of Studio Art and Art History classes will present some of their work as well.

"We have represented each art student at least once," said Johnsburg art teacher Maria Glode.

The work is primarily two-dimensional with some three-dimensional pieces. A sampling of some of the art to be on display will include third grade paintings based on the book by Giles Andreae called Giraffes Can't Dance, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees. Second graders will present torn paper owls, Greek mosaics as well as additional renditions of well-known art pieces.

Several high school students chose their favorite works and then duplicated them on the tops of art room stools with free-hand drawing and acrylic paints. Renditions will include a variation from works of Salvador Dali to Peter Max.

Also featured will be Mexican yarn paintings in the spirit of folk art tradition. The pieces are formed into intricate patterns with glue and yarn as opposed to the traditional hot wax and yarn substitute.

Glode noticed an increased dedication in her students as they prepared their pieces to be shown to the community.

"It makes them feel good to see their art hanging outside the walls of the school," she said. "They work harder and take more pride in their work when they know it will be displayed."

One student, Irok Malikowski visited the art room on his own time in order to finish his Greek mosaic piece, according to Glode. His hard work paid off and his piece not hangs in the Widlund Gallery.

The Exhibit opened on March 5 and will be open the entire month.

The Widlund Gallery in Tannery Pond Community Center is located at 228 Main Street in North Creek and is open from Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Sundays when the "Open" flag is out. For gallery information, call 251-2421 or visit the website at www.tpcca.org .

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